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Sagar Island

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'''Sagar Island''' (also known as ''Sagar'' or ''Gangasagar'') is in [[Southeast Bengal]] in [[India]]. Sagar Island is the southernmost part of West Bengal and is a religious spot for hindu pilgrims.
[[image:kapilmuni.jpg|right|thumb|300px|The Kapilmuni Temple at Gangasagar]]
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[[image:kapilmuni.jpg|right|thumb|300px|The Kapilmuni Temple at Gangasagar]]
Sagar Island is about 80 km south of Kolkata, cut off from the main land by Muriganga river. At present there is no road bridge to connect the island to the main land. The Muriganga river can be crossed by ferry service to reach the Sagar Island. After crossing, the confluence of Sagar (bay of Bengal) & Ganga (holy river Ganges) can be reached via private taxis also which generally charges around INR 700 and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the confluence area from Kachuberia.
[[image:sagar_ferry.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Transport Ferry at Sagar.]]
a) Ferry fare is still Rs. 6.50 per head from Lot No. 8 Jetty, Kakdwip to Kachubaria at Sagar.
b) If traveling in one's own car, there is (only) one vessel now at 6-00 A.M. from Kakdwip to Kachubaria and a600.00/500.00nd similarly at 6-00 A.M. in the morning from Kachubaria to Kakdwip. Therefore, it is advisable to keep the car parked at Kakdwip near the jetty. Safe Parking is available with a payment of Rs. 100.00 per day; night parking is also plentiful with payment of additional Rs. 100.00 for the next day.
c) Tata Sumo/Maruti Van hiring charges are now Rs. 600.00800/500.00 700 respectively for 30 KMs.from Kachubaria to Gangasagar (one way). Local buses to Gangasagar bus stand are available every fifteen minutes from Kachuberia bus stand, a small distance walk from ferry ghat. For people who intend to stay at night travelling by bus is the best option.
d) There are no hotels as such at Gangasagar in true sense of the term. The accommodations available are all Ashram/Dharamshala type, where no food is available, nor outside food allowed to be brought in. Even for a cup of tea, one must leave the premises. Of course there are plenty of places to purchase food. However,for regular members of various Charitable Trusts/Ashrams or travelers coming with advanced bookings from the head offices of these Organizations, food may be provided by the Organizations. There is reportedly no food available at the Youth Hostel, either. The best time for travelers is october when the sun is soft to middle of december after which arrangements for the fair is in full swing. Bharat Sevashram is located at a very convenient location near bus stop. Other ashrams for stay are also nearby and can be reached with help from locals who are till now very co operative and simple minded. Besides there are PWD and Irrigation Department guest houses. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from nearby shops with previous order. Food is of acceptable quality and served in a very congenial manner though it is not comparable to star category restaurants. Ashrams provide rooms with basic amenities though it is advisable to carry one bed sheet each for stay. Availability of rooms is not a problem in normal times. Staying at night is a very different experience from other tourist spots.
The following organsations provide shelter for tourists and pilgrims round the year:
*'''State Youth Hostel''' Charge for a double bed room with attached bath is Rs100/day. Check in time is at 12 noon. Bookings can be done at Directorate of Youth Services, 32/1, B.B.D. Bag (South), Kolkata. ☎+91 33 2248 062622653231.
*'''Bharat Sevashram Sangha''' and a couple of other ashrams usually offer accommodation and meals for free. They are oriented to pilgrims and would expect a donation.
{{IsPartOf|Southeast Bengal}}
As on date 17.02.2014, Power supply is available for 24 hours in Sagar Island.

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